Could PCSK9 inhibitors, a new class of cholesterol-busting drugs, be right for you? Here are 4 things you need to know about these powerful drugs, which can help lower your bad (LDL) cholesterol by up to 50 to 70 percent.
Have you had a heart valve repaired or replaced? Even if it’s functioning well, it’s important to make sure you work with your doctor to have it evaluated over time. A repaired or replacement valve may imitate a healthy, surgically untouched valve. However, it simply is not the same.
Are you scheduled for heart surgery? There has been a lot of talk about whether it is better to be on or off a heart-lung machine during heart procedures. However, I would argue that this kind of binary thinking — on-pump versus off-pump — is misguided. Let’s take new look at the pump – the … Read More
Two new drugs to help physicians better manage “bad” cholesterol (LDL cholesterol) have received approval this week from an FDA advisory panel. The FDA typically accepts those recommendations, so the drugs may soon be available for patient use. The new drugs – both injectables – are called alirocumab (brand name, Praluent), which received the panel’s … Read More
We’ve suspected for some time that high cholesterol is one of the risk factors for developing aortic stenosis (narrowing of the aortic valve). It’s been clear that high cholesterol is a risk factor for developing coronary blockages, but only recently has evidence emerged showing that it also causes a risk of narrowing of the aortic … Read More
Few people know how closely heart health and kidney health are linked. Indeed, coronary artery disease is the Number One cause of death in people with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Even after starting dialysis or receiving a kidney transplant, their risk of heart attack remains sky-high. Gut bacteria may be a link Researchers at Cleveland … Read More
Medicine changes so fast that doctors are hard-pressed to stay on top of the latest developments. That’s why they attend national medical meetings. At these meetings, they learn the latest information in their specialty. The annual meeting of the American Heart Association (AHA) is one of the largest in the world. From the thousands of … Read More
If you’ve noticed that your cardiologist’s or internist’s advice about how to keep your heart healthy changes over time, you’re not alone. Clinical guidelines are based on the most current evidence-based medicine. So if your doctor tells you at one visit that you need a certain diagnostic test or medication and at the next one … Read More
Before heart surgery, you and your family may have questions about the use of blood transfusions. In certain circumstances, getting a blood transfusion can be lifesaving. However, it is not without risks. Research shows that patients who require blood transfusions don’t do as well as those who don’t receive a transfusion. In fact, transfusions are associated … Read More
Every year, Cleveland Clinic presents the top 10 medical innovations — the most influential and potentially beneficial breakthroughs in medicine for the year. This year, three of the 10 innovations related to the human heart. They are: 1. The development of a small leadless pacemaker — We’ve found a way to create a tiny pacemaker, so … Read More